Yamaha AW-1600 Audio Workstation  

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The Yamaha AW1600 Audio Workstation combines an astounding number of professional features with the fidelity you expect from Yamaha. It's the ultimate small-format recording solution. It has everythin... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Yamaha AW1600 Audio Workstation combines an astounding number of professional features with the fidelity you expect from Yamaha. It's the ultimate small-format recording solution. It has everything you need to record, mix, and master your songs to CD in one portable and rugged package. You can record from all 8 combo jacks at once, with 24-bit conversion, phantom power, 4-band EQ, and compression available for each track. Then you can add up to 8 virtual tracks per channel, choose 16 tracks for final mix from the various takes, pitch fix, master, and burn to CD. Or simply move the WAV files from the 40GB hard drive over to your computer for editing and mastering via the USB 2.0 output. All of this, and outstanding Yamaha quality, too.

  • 8 XLR/TRS inputs
  • 48V phantom power on all channels
  • 8-track simultaneous record
  • 16-track playback
  • 144 virtual tracks
  • 24-bit/44.1kHz conversion
  • Dual effects processors
  • CDRW drive
  • 40GB hard drive
  • 36-channel 02R96-based mixing engine
  • 4 bands of EQ and compression on every channel
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Pitch Fix algorithm
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(based on 34 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great machine for the price!

I've had one of these puppies for about 3 months and am learning more as I work with it. The features are pretty incredible. It has 2 built in effects processors(with tons of...Read complete review

I've had one of these puppies for about 3 months and am learning more as I work with it. The features are pretty incredible. It has 2 built in effects processors(with tons of different effects), a seperate compression/gate processor, 4 band EQ for all 16 channels, cool editing features and much more than I care to type! The only drawback of this fantastic machine is an editing error that occurs when you try to delete a section or sections of an extremly long song(like a live performance of 60 minutes or more). The hard drive can't read fast enough to process 24-bit deleting at 60 or more minutes, so just record your live performance at 16 bits( it's live anyway, who cares??)and the problem is eliminated. Other than that it's an awesome buy!!


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low quality, very disappointing

I have the older model of this unit and it appears that not much has changed. Yamaha usually puts out much better gear than this overpriced junk, so I was very disappointed in its...Read complete review

I have the older model of this unit and it appears that not much has changed. Yamaha usually puts out much better gear than this overpriced junk, so I was very disappointed in its performance. Here is what you can expect if you waste your money on this one:1. The CD-ROM will stop working shortly after you bring it home but it will make fine drink coasters out of blank disks.2. The frequency response is very shallow in the bass so if you are expecting to record slap lines, this isn't the one for you.3. Some of the features are nice, but you can only use 2 effect patches at once! Pretty weak for an 8-track recorder.4. If they haven't done away with the useless sound clip mode, there is another waste of memory and electricity from this unit.5. Did I mention that the CD-ROM will stop working for you about the time that the warranty expires?6. there is some degradation in the real-time sound when you record. Latency is great (nearly none), but the sound quality is less than 24-bit in your monitors. Playback sounds really nice, if you can get past the recording stage.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Re Tried out my AW1600 now that I know what I'm doing!

By Joshua Jimenez

from So. California

So I used the AW1600 for years not really knowing much about production. Now that I am producing other people, I've gone back and tried out my AW1600. First I remixed one of my old recordings, using the same crappy original tracks that I recorded years ago (recorded in 16 bit) as a novice. Out of 3 songs, 2 of the recordings that i had did were just so bad that I wasn't thrilled with the final result. HOWEVER on the 3rd song the tracks that I had recorded were actually decent and when I burnt the mix to cd I was very pleased. All I was thinking (the lazy part of me) was that I didn't have to re-record this song in Pro Tools because it sounded nice and clean. Of course I would benefit re-recording the song with all the experienced I've gained but the point was the song sounds really good and I enjoy listening to that mix in my car.

I would say the best thing to me about the AW1600 is the compressor that it comes with.

The only draw back to me is the small screen. If they would of made this model somehow connect to a TV or computer screen, it would be on another level. However the track view has a zoom in feature for editing so you can make small changes.
8 inputs to record sim. - very nice
4 band EQ - and compressor on each track is very cool.
A lot in a small space, for really not being that big the AW1600 has a lot of stuff built in.
Nice sound quality.
Build is top quality.
I've had it for years and nothing on it has broken.
I think it's a high retail price, BUT I think that really in the long term it's a small price to pay for what you can get out of this work horse.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Used AW1600 for several years - experienced user here

By Joshua Jimenez

from So. Cali

I like software since I'm serious about this, when I was more starting out the AW1600 was a good learning platform. I learned about recording and also the mixdown process which sometime is a mystery to a lot of begginners.
Cool for begginers unless you want to go directly to software.

I have used the AW1600 for several years as my first recording unit. For the time, it served me well. The coolest thing is the attached burner, so you can go from step 1 record to last step master and burn. It has master presets so At the time I used this unit I really wasn't knowledgeable on how to use eq/compression the right way, so I used the presets which are always great for begginers. The presets would always sound better than my unexperienced ear!

I now use Pro Tools and I instantly believed that Pro Tools was a better quality, HOWEVER now thinking back on it I used to always record in 16 bit quality not 24 (44.1) like it's capable of doing. The reason was I wanted to use all 16 tracks and I could only use 8 in 24 bit. So I actually now want to go back and use my AW1600 with my more experienced ear and see how the 24 bit sounds. I record 24 bit 48kHZ in Pro Tools and the biggest difference I saw in quality was with the reverb BUT! I'm going to check it out again.
Build is a plus, solid, never had any problems with the unit.
maybe 7.5, the one thing that this thing can do over my Mbox 2 is it has 8 inputs so with that thing I can record a whole band at once, have to buy separate interface on my set up

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Yamaha AW1600


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Great overall unit! I am new in recording and it has provided me with all the tools needed. I still have a lot of the features I need help learning how to use. If anyone is out there who could help me, I would be very grateful. Please email davidmapleleaf@hotmail.com if you would be willing to give me some tutorials.



By The Boogleee Man

from Leonardtown, MD

Wanted to get back into recording my own music again, so my wife bought this for me. It's really the cat's meow for me, but I'm not sure how to use it correctly. I came from using a Fostex X-18 4-track Cassette recorder. Plus, the manual jumps from one thing to the next. I just wanna put things onto some tracks, and halfway through learning that, the manual wants to go into all the effects, and other stuff it can do, before I can finish learning how to record anything. I think it's an awesome multitracker. Maybe I just need someone to help show me how to use it to it's fullest. Any takers???



By mikesmuzak

from Gloucester City, NJ

I had the AW-16G at first and was very impressed with the quality. Five years later, the AW1600 comes out and I had to have it. What a machine! I use it to record my music and it's packed with excellent features and quality that can't be beat for it's price range. Clean recording and most of all dependable. A year and a half later, I'm still impressed. I used this machine to produce a cd with awesome results. The features are too numerous to mention, but I've done some studio recording that didn't come out as good as what this baby can do. I've linked the AW-16G and the AW1600 together-but that's a whole other story...



By Ultimate Media

from Louisiana

I've owned this unit for about two years, and most of the other reviews have done a superior job of describing the units abilities. I would like to point out that there is a fairly high learning curve with this unit, but it's certainly worth it. This unit is incredibly reliable, and I've been producing full blown radio jingles with it, and the sound is quite good. I would venture to say you could actually record an album with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nothing else comes close!

By MikeyNJ

from Newark, NJ.

The Yamaha AW1600 is a thoroughly professional digital multitracker. I've owned mine over a year now and have had zero problems with it. No lock ups, no break downs, nothing. Trying saying that, Pro Tools users. The sound quality is amazing. The effects are of the SPX quality. Having a dedicated compressors and EQ on each input and track is unheard of in other machines in this price range. I've rarely had to break open the manual as this unit is very user-friendly. My only quibble is that it claims to be a 16-track, but if you count how many SOURCES you can record, it's really only a 12-track. Count the faders. I wish Yamaha would maker a version of this machine with mastering effects, such as multiband compressors, gates, limiters.



By Ric Lopez (Dickie)

from San Antonio, Texas

I recently purchased the Yamaha AW 1600 after a thorough research of products offerred by Korg, Roland, Boss, and Tascam.After reading all available literature on all products, I chose the Yamaha AW 1600. I am using the hard disk record to make Demo tapes of the band I have and to record and mix original music that I compose.The Yamaha AW 1600 is an incredible piece of equipment. I have been able to record our group out in the garage and then mix the voices in my music room...and with impressive results. I am using the Mackie SR8 powered monitor/speakers that compliment the Yamaha AW 1600 quite nicely.I also have a BBE 362 that I have not hooked up to the machine as yet...this will be the sweeter to the overall sound.Get you a good mic, such as the RODE and your voices with shine through the mix, even without a preamp.I am recording Top 4o covers, old school R&B and smooth jazz and the recordings are super.



By Dan-o-vQm8-

from poca, WV

Its a nice mixer. I recorded with it and it has a nice tone and everything. BUY IT you wont be sorry.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Easy to use

By kdrummer

from Evans, Ga

This is easy to use with minimal manual reading. I bought another brand of digital recorder before and still wonder how I lived through that. If you have computer mixing software and effects to supplement this, there is really nothing you can't do for the end state. The sound quality is outstanding.

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